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More fighter jets for RNZAF's 80th

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 20/01/2017

More high-profile warbirds have been added to the Royal New Zealand Air Force's 80th anniversary celebrations next month.

The RNZAF has announced two F-15SG Eagles from the Republice of Singapore Air Force will join the Air Tattoo celebrations at Ohakea on February 25 and 26.

The US Air Force is already sending F-16 Falcons and a C-17 Globemaster III transporter, while a KC-135 Stratotanker from the US will on the ground as a static display.

The Royal Australian Air Force is also sending three F-18 Hornets, a C-17 and a C-27 transporter.

The tattoo was turning out to be a fighter jet extravaganza, says Ohakea Base commander, Group Captain Nick Olney.

"We're really excited about the RSAF confirmation and it's a great addition to the already excellent line-up we have for the public."

Other confirmed militaries attending are the Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, New Caledonia Armed Forces and Japan Air Self-Defense Force.

The newly formed RNZAF Black Falcons team will also perform a display after their first appearance at the Wings Over Wairarapa show the week before.

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